Shark in a bus visits Bribie Island

July 5, 2014

A 5m great white shark caught in Albany 35 years ago is on Bribie Island in a 1950s bus to help dispel myths about sharks.

Environmentalist Paul Sharp’s father caught the monster shark in Albury in 1978 and named it after Frankenstein.

At the time he toured Frankie around teaching people about great white’s and calling for more understanding and protections for the fish.

Forty decades on Frankie has emerged once again, this time as the centrepiece of his son’s old style travelling museum.

‘Shark in a Bus’ is a heritage marine museum housed in a 1957 Leyland bus, representing two lifetimes of collecting around Australia.

The collection represents all of Australia and was put together primarily in the 1960’s and 70’s. It features a giant Great White Shark (White Pointer) as well as whaling artifacts, fossils, sharks jaws and hundreds of other amazing exhibits. There’s even a sea dragon and pieces of the US space station Skylab!

Entry is $5. Proceeds from museum entry fees are donated to the Two Hands Project, which encourages people to remove plastic pollution from their favourite locations.

The travelling museum will be on Bribie Island until Sunday 13 July. The bus is open daily from 10am to 6pm and is located next to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum, South Esplanande, Bongaree.